By Agence France-Presse
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned on Friday after a tumultuous six months within the highlight.
Here are 5 memorable moments from Spicer’s tenure — one of the shortest ever for a White House spokesman:
– ‘Largest audience’ ever –
Spicer’s stint as White House spokesman acquired off to a rocky begin.
Just a day into Trump’s presidency, he summoned White House reporters and proceeded to accuse them of intentionally underestimating the dimensions of the group at Trump’s inauguration.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer mentioned.
“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”
Spicer ended the briefing — which left many members of the White House press corps shocked — with out taking questions.
Aerial photographs and different crowd estimates clearly decided that the viewers for Barack Obama’s two inaugurations was bigger than Trump’s.
– Hitler and Assad –
Spicer was compelled to apologize in April after seeming to favorably evaluate Adolf Hitler’s actions through the Holocaust to the atrocities carried out by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer mentioned, apparently forgetting the use of poison fuel within the Nazi focus camps.
A contrite Spicer appeared on tv inside hours and apologized.
“I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison,” he advised CNN.
“For that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
– Joe Trudeau –
Spicer had a penchant for mangling names and phrases. Two of his most notable goofs got here when he referred to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “Joe Trudeau” and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “Prime Minister Trumble.”
– Briefing within the bushes –
After FBI director James Comey was fired by President Trump in May, reporters searched desperately for Spicer with questions concerning the shock dismissal. Spicer finally briefed a small group of reporters off-camera amongst bushes on the White House grounds, in keeping with an account in The Washington Post. The incident sparked myriad memes on the web of Spicer “hiding in the bushes.”
– ‘Stop shaking your head’ –
Spicer was concerned in a testy change with a veteran reporter, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, in March accusing her of having an “agenda” and telling her to “report the facts.” Spicer then went on to condescendingly inform Ryan “stop shaking your head.”(AFP)